Lisa Ballantine is an native American Indian who works at Hancock Shaker village. We met up to have a conversation about Hancock which I had recently visited.
The Shaker village discussed on this recording is in Hancock Massachusetts. To really understand what the Shakers were about it is well worth visiting one of their villages. To do this helps you to understand just how revolutionary their lifestyle was especially in the era when these communities were conceived. In the present day although the communities have dwindled the same working methods are still carried out as they were then by the people who work there now. Hancock village, is not your usual tourist attraction - to visit is to be imbued in the spirit and vision of a great idea and the idea still resonates in every dwelling workshop garden invention and product you come across there. But it is not only the place, the Shakers seemed like really nice people and there religion was one of tolerance and openness. The Shakers had a non hierarchical community structure, equality of the sexes and job opportunities way before it was muted in contemporary society - and just for that they are worthy of attention particularly to-day - from what they described as "The outside world",
You can find photographs of Hancock village here:
Hancock Massachusetts website is here: